Post #1: Rudi’s Name & Trip Plans

Posted on May 30, 2010


Rudi G is the pen name that was given to me, Bob Selwyn,  by my college coach to allow me to play football against the convict team from the maximum security state prison in Canyon City, Colorado, without losing any eligibility for varsity games. Simple, no? The story is much longer, but this all you need to know.

“Rudi” has become a risk-taking alter ego for me over the years. He can do stuff I won’t even think about. I use it on motorcycle forums where a “handle” is the usual way to ID yourself to others with similar two-wheeled interests.

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The blog is getting fired up now because my son, Jesse,  and I are doing a motorcycle ride to Alaska and the Arctic Circle this summer. Since this is a six-week trip, I wanted a way to keep up with my family and friends and share some of the beauty and adventure of the trip.

My wife is flying into Anchorage for a portion of the trip, as is my son’s fiancee. We meet up with them in Fairbanks after tagging Deadhorse, we hope. Then we spend some time in Denali, Talkeetna, Homer, Seward, Valdez, and Wrangell-St. Elias. We might catch a few salmon along the way.

The couple house sitting for us also has an interest in keeping track of our progress. He is a former Navy SEAL, and she is a famous martial arts devotee. Their three very well-behaved kids and two dogs are eager to hear about the trip, so the pressure is on.

Coming up soon are tales of preparation and anticipation. Stay tuned.

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Rudi G  & Jesse